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ACORN and the Firestorm
A film by Reuben Altas & Sam Pollard
84 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

For 40 years, the community-organizing group ACORN sought to
empower marginalized communities. Its critics, though, believed
ACORN exemplified everything wrong with liberal ideals.

Fueled by a YouTube video made by two young conservatives who
posed as pimp and prostitute in a sting, ACORN’s very existence
would be challenged. The documentary
goes beyond the 24-hour
news cycle and cuts to the heart of the great political divide.

Opens April 6 in New York City & Seattle
 
NANA
A film by Serena Dykman
100 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

Born in Poland, Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant survived Auschwitz,
where she was the forced translator for Josef Mengele.

Maryla dedicated her life after the war to publicly speaking about her survival to younger generations. Alice and Serena, daughter and granddaughter, explore how Maryla’s activism continues today, in a
world where survivors are disappearing, and intolerance is on the rise.

Opens April 13 in New York City
 
AMERICAN SOCIALIST
The Life & Times of Eugene V. Debs
A film by Yale Strom
100 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2018

Bernie Sanders inspired a generation – but who inspired him?
Yale Strom's new documentary traces the history of American
populism by
exploring the life and times of Eugene Victor Debs,
the man whose progressive ideas fueled generations to come
from
FDR's New Deal to Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.

Opens April 27 in New York City & May 4 in Los Angeles
 
STRANGERS ON THE EARTH
A film by Tristan Cook
97 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

One of Europe's most popular pilgrimages, the Camino de Santiago attracts wayfarers of all stripes to walk its ancient paths in search of meaning. One such pilgrim is Dane Johansen, an American cellist who walks the Camino with his instrument on his back, performing music for fellow pilgrims along the way. As the vast landscapes of northern Spain mingle with the haunting music of J.S. Bach, the film examines the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of the journey.

Opens May 4 in New York City & June 1 in Los Angeles
 
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MADEMOISELLE PARADIS
A film by Barbara Albert
97 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

The true story of Maria Theresia Paradis, a gifted pianist and friend
of Mozart, who lost her eye-sight as a child, but regains it through
an innovative medical technique. But this miracle co
mes at a price,
and she is forced to choose between an ordinary life in the light or
an extraordinary life in the darkness, as a virtuoso
.

"Exquisitely crafted! A superb performance from actress
Maria Dragus pulls Maria Paradis from the pages of history.
"

-Screen Daily

 
RAZZIA
A film by Nabil Ayouch
119 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

In this searing and mesmerizing kaleidoscopic drama, five
Moroccans from different social and religious strata are pushed
to the fringe by their extremist government. Spanning three
decades and several storylines, director Nabil Ayouch weaves
an intricate tale of lost loves, forbidden desires, and fragile
dreams in modern day Morocco.

{ Opening Night Film - New York Jewish Film Festival 2018 }
 
HOT TO TROT
A film by Gail Freedman
88 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

The music..the spectacle...the costumes...the grace. Ballroom dance
is enjoying a renaissance here in America, as well as abroad.

Set in the swinging world of same-sex competitive ballroom dancing,
this entertaining documentary goes inside that little-known world,
following four men and women on and off the dance floor over four
years. Not only an immersive character study, Hot to Trot is also an idiosyncratic attack on bigotry against LGBTQ people.

{ Winner - Audience Award!  NewFest - NYC's LGBT Film Festival }
 
TVTV: Video Revolutionaries
A film by Paul Goldsmith
82 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2018

Featuring Bill Murray, Hunter Thompson, Lily Tomlin, Lynn Swan,
Steven Spielberg, Goldie Hawn, Abbie Hoffman and more, TVTV
tells the amazing story of Top Value Television, a band of merry
video makers who, from 1972 to 1977, took the then brand-new
portable video camera and went out to document the world.

Directed by TVTV alum Paul Goldsmith, the film is a time machine
that takes us back to the '70s, filled with cultural and political events
hosted by now-famous characters who were then just beginning
their climb to iconic.
 
TRACKING EDITH
A film by Peter Stephan Jungk
92 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2016

When she wasn’t working as a Soviet agent, photographer Edith
Tudor-Hart
was taking photos of workers and street children in Vienna
and London, documenting poverty and social deprivation. But she also
found time to recruit Kim Philby and act as one of the architects of the 'Cambridge Five,' the Soviet Union's most successful spy ring. Edith
was the filmmaker's great aunt - his mother’s cousin; here he unravels
the truth about his aunt’s life, in Austria, Great Britain and Russia.

{ New York Jewish Film Festival 2018 }
 
THE SUNDAY SESSIONS
A film by Richard Yeagley
89 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

The Sunday Sessions is an intimate portrait of one man’s struggle
to reconcile his religious conviction and sexual identity.

The film follows Nathan Gniewek, a gay man in his late twenties, as
he seeks counseling from a conversion therapist. With unfettered
access to individual therapy sessions, family sessions and weekend camps, the filmmakers have crafted an emotional and psychological
thriller that chronicles Nathan’s journey from acceptance to skepticism,
all leading to a profound epiphany.
 
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IN THE LAND OF POMEGRANATES
A film by Hava Kohav Beller
124 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

From the Academy Award-nominated filmmaker comes this
suspenseful, multi-layered documentary centered on a group of
young people who were born into a violent and insidious ongoing
war. They are young Palestinians and Israelis invited to Germany
to join a retreat called 'Vacation From War' where they will live
under the same roof and face each other every day.


"Sobering. A tough and clear-eyed look at how things are,
rather than how we want them to be." -The New York Times
 
QUEST
A film by Jonathan Olshefski
105 minutes, color, DCP & Blu ray, 2017

Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, Quest is the moving
portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia during the
Obama years.


"Superb. A living, breathing, stunning documentary." -Variety

100% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes!
 
For screening links and information, please contact:

Marc Mauceri | marcm@firstrunfeatures.com | 212-243-0600 x20



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